Mammootty and Mohanlal, the Malayalam superstars have acted together in over 55 films in their career to date. In 2017, it was reported that Mammootty and Mohanlal are all set to join hands for a project titled Hello Mayavi. But the project which was supposed to be helmed by Shafi never got materialised.
In a recent interview given to a popular media, director Shafi finally revealed what happened to Hello Mayavi. According to the filmmaker, both Mammootty and Mohanlal were highly impressed with the storyline of Hello Mayavi, which was supposed to be a combined spin-off to the blockbuster Mohanlal starrer Hello and Mammootty project Mayavi.
Both the superstars readily agreed to reprise their celebrated characters, Mahi aka Mayavi and Adv. Sivaram in Hello Mayavi, and asked Shafi to work on the script. But the team was later forced to drop the project due to the stubbornness of a few other industry members. However, the director did not reveal the names of anyone in the interview.
According to director Shafi, Hello Mayavi had a promising storyline and would have emerged as a blockbuster if it had released. After the project was shelved, the filmmaker was also planning to direct a sequel to the Mammootty starrer Mayavi. But that project too did not materialised due to unknown reasons.
Mayavi, which was released 2007, featured Mammootty as the titular character Mayavi aka Mahi, an ex-convict. The project, which was scripted by Shafi's elder brother director Rafi and his partner Mecartin, had emerged as a blockbuster. The movie was later remade in Tamil with Arjun Sarja in the lead role.
Hello, on the other hand, was written and directed by Rafi-Mecartin duo. The Mohanlal starrer, which was also released in 2007, was also a huge success at the box office. The complete actor played the role of Adv. Sivaraman, an alcoholic who was once a lawyer in the movie.